YouTube Premium is ad-free
At it’s core, YouTube Premium is about removing advertisements. Since Google-owned YouTube makes a lot of its money from ads, it can’t really remove them without making you pay up. It also said this goes toward helping artists make money. By allowing the viewer to pay, flitting between videos will no longer require waiting around for ads to finish. That applies to anywhere the paid-for account is signed in.
So, if you’re logging in on a smart television, you’ll be able to watch videos instantly, without interruptions. Also, this ad-free experience extends to other YouTube-branded apps, such as YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Kids.
YouTube Premium works offline and in background
Another feature of YouTube Premium that adds more value to the subscription price is offline viewing on a phone or tablet, meaning downloading a movie to watch when on the train should be easy now. On top of that, you’re able to play videos in the background. This is the area that may sway some people over, say, Spotify, as it means video access with the ability to use the app as a music player.
Access to Play Music and YouTube Music Premium
Originally, if you shelled out for YouTube Red, you’d get what was called a Google Play Music (later YouTube Music too) subscription for free. And this worked vice versa. Play Music allowed for storage of up to 50,000 of your offline songs to be streamed, access to a 35 million song catalogue, offline listening, and everything was, of course, ad-free. As for YouTube Music, it recently also got a revamp.
It’s a mobile app and desktop player that gives you access to millions of songs. If you can already find it as a video on YouTube, you will be able to find it as a streamable track. But you also get access to music videos.
YouTube Music is available to use for free, but this has ads that will play every few songs. You also won’t be able to download music for offline listening on this tier either. For ad-free music and downloads, you will need to subscribe to YouTube Music Premium. Music Premium costs $9.99 a month (£9.99 a month in the UK) – unless you already subscribe to Play Music or YouTube Premium.
That’s right, YouTube Premium comes with both Play Music and YouTube Music Premium included.
YouTube Premium Originals
Lastly, another plus for the YouTube Premium subscription is new content. YouTube provides exclusive videos for subscribers, which everyone else will not have access to. These are described as “new, original shows and movies from some of YouTube biggest creators”.